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Nelson to Christchurch via Lewis Pass (5 hours)

Take SH6 south from Richmond passing the Motueka valley, Hope Saddle observation point and on to Kawatiri junction. Continue along SH6 to Murchison and 11km south of the township taking a short detour turning right over O'Sullivan's bridge for Westport and the West Coast. 4km further on stop at the Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park, whether for a 15 minute stroll or for a few hours of adventure. Return to O'Sullivan's bridge and turn right onto SH65 and continue south past the Maruia Springs, the Lewis Pass and on to Christchurch.

Visitors may choose to turn off on the southern side of the Lewis Pass into the alpine village of Hanmer Springs to enjoy the thermal hot pools or turn left before Culverden and take SH70 and the inland route to Kaikoura.

 
     
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